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I asked someone why Sotheros is closed all the time and they said they heard that old Sihanouk is back home and doesn't like the noise. that cannot be the reason surely. It's causing insane traffic mayhem. Basically Sisawath, 178, 19, Norodom, 51 and 240 are parking lots because of it. 172 used to be very quiet and now it's completely psycho around rush hour, the problem is that people are doing even crazier shit than normal to get through.
When will it end?
Ain't nobody got time for that!
Why not dig the road up and plant some trees!
Very interesting that the closure of Sothearos happened directly after the highly controversial, violent demonstration by the Boueng Kak protestors in the same section that is now blocked. Doesn't seem co-incidental. There was total traffic chaos on Thursday evening, when Sisowath was totally blocked at the shrine in front of the palace by locals celebrating a Buddhist holy day. Given the number of holy days, there are grim times ahead unless sanity prevails and Sothearos is reopened.
Awesome! Can they close the road outside my house? I watch ballet...well, sometimes.
Good thing no one important lives near Pochentong.
People who steal from banks get jail. Banks who steal from people get bonuses. You gotta love capitalism!
Traffic around the palace area is really fcuked up now during rush hour. I live behind the royal palace and avoid going anywhere around 5pm.
King who? Can the real PPP reporter please stand up. Oh right you meant the exile cunt Sihanouk where his actual palace is in SR only to fly from China once or twice a year for the favours of the so call somdachs and chinky men, where is his gay son currently living I wonder.
Everyone bow down and pay extreme homage to his Majesty flying chicken.
He's returned permanently to Cambodia. I thought he was holed up in the PP Palace, but I could be wrong. If he is, could be some time. If the Thai king won't won't die, this guy will be a sticker.
Ain't nobody got time for that!
I was wondering why a Cambodian acquaintance absolutely refused to meet anywhere within shooting distance of the riverside, Sothearos or below Independence Monument.
Kind of makes sense now.
It is a pity they didn't beat the shit out of the riverside Tuk Tuk drivers rather than a pregnant woman.
Maybe somebody could make a new set of protest t-shirt to generously hand out to those annoying pricks instead.
I think it came about as a result of the confluence of the ASEAN conference, the the riverfront Freethe15 protest and the 2-month anniversary of the rotisserie cow ban.
Or perhaps the King Father, now approaching his 91st birthday and ailing of cancer, is feeling poorly.
Whatever the reason for it, I am enjoying the ban. The palace area blissful quiet and pedestrian friendly. I'd like to see it expanded, close the better part of the riverfront road to motor traffic in the evening like Pub Street in Siem Reap. Perhaps from 154 to 108. Pedestrians and cyclos only. Turn the intersection at Street 154 in front of Wat Ounalom and the road in front of the Nigh Market into a car parks.
Sounds nice in theory but if you work in the area you would know how bad it is. Both the riverside and st.19 become utterly flooded. Even Norodom is not spared, though it's better. Makes it slightly nicer for tourists, but why not just put speed bumps or lights? Or at the very least open it up during rush hour as not that many tourists are there anyways at that time. It doesn't make anything more tranquil, as tuktuks movimg at 2km/h is hardly serene.
I've often thought that a ban on SUVs or cars between Norodom and the riverside would be amazing. 19 is a main artery of sorts and crawls to an unecessary stop between 4-5:30 because of Range Rovers going opposing ways try to pass each other.
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